Six-part presentation of Hillary Mantel’s brilliant two-novel series (when is the third coming?) that tells an old story with a twist This retelling of the Tudor England of Henry the 8th (Damien Lewis) is seen through the eyes of Thomas Cromwell, brilliantly played by Mark Rylance who can do more with his eyes than anyone I’ve seen in years. First serving Cardinal Woolsey (Jonathan Pryce) and then Henry and Anne Boleyn (Anne Foy) Cromwell is the brilliant commoner serving the all-powerful and barely civilized nobles of this moment of change. A Protestant (does he really believe anything?), he is a man of our time more than his own. He is a banker, a lawyer, and a mercenary, a commoner who understands his place in this real-life Alice in Wonderland order. It is, then, perhaps a tad anachronistic in its presentation of Cromwell’s sense of the dynamic inherent in the new Early Modern economy and the coming transformation of social life, but huge fun nonetheless. This is a wonderfully acted, directed, scripted fusion of these Booker Prize winning novels (Wolf Hall and Bring Up the Bodies). It does not end well for Anne or, in what I presume is the unwritten third volume, TC himself.